Head of Penza Technological University, accused of selling theses to students, kept 60 kg of silver
Acting Head of the Penza Technological University is suspected of fraud by selling prepared theses and term papers worth more than 7 million rubles.
A criminal case was launched against the acting Head of the Penza State Technological University, Vasily Moiseyev, on part 3 of Art. 285 of the Russian Criminal Code (Abuse of Official Powers in educational area). He is suspected of selling prepared theses and term papers, the website of the Investigation Department of the Penza Region reported.
The investigation claims that the official has developed a scheme, thanks to which students willing to pay a certain sum could avoid writing theses, term papers, test works, and other assignments. At the same time, the university administration ensured their success. For this purpose, Moiseyev invited several dozen organizations established at the university, which were managed by the staff and employees from other companies. All of these people acted as intermediaries in the transfer of money.
Received funds were transferred to the bank account of the university under fictitious contracts on the implementation of research projects. Later, they were paid to the professors and the acting Head himself under the guise of stimulating wage supplements.
According to investigators, swindlers have sold 350 finished works and earned more than 7 million rubles. Moreover, during a search in Moiseyev’s apartment, law enforcement officers seized 7 million rubles, 60 thousand dollars and 35 thousand euros, as well as precious metals, including no less than 60 kg of silver.
An issue of a preventive measure for the suspect is currently addressed. Russian Ministry of Education and Science has already declared its readiness to help the investigation. In addition, Rosobrnadzor (Federal Service for Supervision in Education and Science) will check if the university has conducted final certification of graduates in accordance with the requirements of Russian legislation.
Vasily Moiseyev was appointed in his office back in 1989, he has multiple professional awards and is a member of the Board of All-Russia Industrial Association of Employers of Russian Engineering Union.
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